I certainly don't disagree with your comments about land use patterns or forest thinning, fire return intervals changing etc.
If you are confused go back and read what I DO disagree with.
I shouldn't have said it is a distant third. It just frustrates me that we don't hear much about forest management in the press, when we have been directing our government agencies to handle it badly for so long. We should be talking about it if we actually want to stop the American West form burning. If the public understood this part of the problem a little better, it would be easy to get out policy makers to provide more constructive direction to the USFS and other agencies.
If we don't want fires in California next year, we need to get out the chainsaws, bulldozers, skid steers, and forest scientists and get to work. I do want a healthy planet with lots of interesting wildlife for my kids, but climate treaty isn't going to do anything about 2021 fires.
Unfortunately, policy makers are fixated on climate change, which they have perverted with unscientific assertions because it is related to their agendas. The news, obsessed with ratings and sensational material, shows the worst of it; climate change deniers and imminent apocalypse radicals. Politicians obviously care much more about advancing their parties, backers, economic goals, etc., than they do about the fires. I am not talking about one side of the aisle. I can remember when I lived in Montana, local Democrats were basically against cutting any tree, unless you used a helicopter, and Republicans basically wanted to allow clearcutting of entire forests, assuming this had similar impact to soils, etc., as natural burning of the oldest stands. We are not doing any better with the forests now, though we have made some progress with carbon.